As the “Big Game” approaches this weekend, there’s one thing I always like to check.
No, not the money line.
The prop bets.
My favorites from this year’s crop include:
“Will Knoshown Moreno cry during the National Anthem?”
“Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the game?” (God I hope not)
“Will the power go out in the stadium during the game?” (LOL Super Bowl)
But, after watching a funny conversation on Twitter with fellow Twin Cities PRs/social media marketers George Fiddler and Andrew Miller, I’m enthralled with a whole new category of prop bets: The Real-Time Marketing prop bets!
So, let’s get this going right now! Let’s have some fun with this. Here’s my line-up of 15 Real-Time Marketing prop bets. If you care to wager, please email me at arik@arikhanson. I am NOT kidding!
1–Number of worthless branded hash tags featured on ads during the Super Bowl: Over/Under–127
2–Number of different shapes Oreo will construe its cookie in for Facebook posts/Instagram pics/tweets: Over/Under–8
3–Number of “clever” tweets clearly written by advertising firm copywriters: Over/Under: Too many to count
4–Number of times the #beatspills (this is a real thing) tweet about Richard Sherman during the game: Over/Under 23
Looks like the Beats fam did well at the #GRAMMYs. The #BeatsPills are impressed! Congrats to all the winners. pic.twitter.com/aGRVJ4LMVd
— Beats By Dre (@beatsbydre) January 27, 2014
5–Number of tweets by Carmax forcing the #SlowClap hash tag upon us: Over/Under 13
6–Number of tweets, Facebook post, Instagram pics, Snapchats, YouTube videos, Quora posts and Pins brands post congratulating the winning team: Over/Under: 1,452
7–Number of tweets by brands simply announcing the score: Over/Under: 8 (yes, I am predicting this will happen)
8–Number of brands who won’t be able to resist the chance to blantantly push their products in a tweet while trying their best to be relevant to viewers of the Big Game: Over/Under: 34
9–How many Vines will Dunkin Donuts post during the “Big Game?” Over/Under–16
The lights are going out on the last regular season game in San Francisco, and our players will miss the ol… https://t.co/LzRx7a9WPk
— Dunkin’ Donuts (@DunkinDonuts) December 24, 2013
10–Number of hash tags used that will exceed 20 characters: Over/Under–15
11–Number of times brands will reference the cold/snow/wind chill in an attempt to “connect with consumers”: Over/Under–23
12–How many times will SEGA use the hash tag #beastmode to promote the release of its newest re-claimed video game: Altered Beast 2: The Return? Over/Under: 7
13–Number of “jokes” brands attempt using the Omaha snap-count Peyton Manning’s been using all season long: Over/Under–45
14–Number of times Campbell’s will tweet about it’s Chunky Soup line using the #potroast hash tag during the game (nickname of Denver’s Terrance Knighton): Over/Under: 4
15–How many Photoshopped photos of NFL players will GoDaddy use in its tweets playing off this commercial? Over/Under: 8 (love this commercial, btw)
16–How many times will M&Ms (Mars) use the #whathappenedtopeanut hash tag (#buriedinsnow?) during the Big Game? Over/Under: 12
17–Will Bose attempt to pick a Twitter fight (hello publicity stunt) with Beats in the pre-game as Richard Sherman parades around Met Life Stadium with his Beats headphones on? Money line: 220/150
18–Number of tweets Toro will send during the game offering to help clean off Met Life Stadium (in the event it’s snowing during the game): Over/Under: 9
19–How many brands will tweet the following: “RT if you’re excited to watch the Big Game tonight!” in a lame attempt to gain RTs: Over/Under: 34
20–Number of times Hydrox Cookies will tweet at Oreo during the Big Game, continuing to claim that it was, in fact, the first creme-filled chocolate cookie: Over/Under: 21
21–Number of times Arbys will ask Bruno Mars when it can have it’s hat back (after Bruno Mars steals Pharrell’s hat and wears it during his live halftime show performance): Over/Under–7